Designing Your Culture for High Performance

If you follow this column you know that we live in paradoxical times. While our future depends on digital transformations and disruption in every industry, the future of the workplace is human-centered. This particular paradox presents a unique set of issues. If you embrace the thinking in the popular management book, Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast, and believe that a ...

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Reduce Fear to Release Potential

Fear is a bigger factor in organizational life than we like to admit, and it works against many of the best-practices that are espoused by leaders and their gurus. Reduce fear, and a lot of good things can happen. To start with, I’ve found that senior people often have no idea how intimidated they make people feel (I’m not talking ...

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The art of innovation, helping cities and governments to make strategic choices

Pierre-Alexandre Balland is Professor & Innovation Strategy Advisor at Utrecht University and visiting professor at MIT Media Lab, a renowned interdisciplinary research lab, founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte, that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. Pierre-Alexandre research is about the art of innovation, and he advises companies, cities, and policymakers on innovation strategy. The combination of ...

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Where are the Sick Care Leaderpreneurs?

Leadership is in crisis and the command and control model is bankrupt. In healthcare, we will need a cadre of physicians to lead us to the promised land. However, doctors don’t seem interested and are pre-occupied mostly with keeping their heads above water or putting them in the sand. Physician executives are not necessarily physician entrepreneurs. Knowledge technicians are different ...

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Materials Science May Be The Most Important Technology Of The Next Decade. Here’s Why:

Think of just about any major challenge we will face over the next decade and materials are at the center of it. To build a new clean energy future, we need more efficient solar panels, wind turbines and batteries. Manufacturers need new materials to create more advanced products. We also need to replace materials subject to supply disruptions, like rare ...

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How mature is your technology?

As a technologist it’s important to know the maturity of a technology. Like people, technologies are born, they become children, then adolescents, then adults and then they die. And like with people, the character and behavior of technologies change as they grown and age. A fledgling technology may have a lot of potential, but it can’t pay the mortgage until ...

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Harvard, Stanford, and MIT Researchers Have Found the Secret to Success

We want to believe that talent and opportunity are equally abundant. Not so, according to this ground-breaking study of 1 million inventors. There’s a popular quote attributed to Leila Janah, “Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not.” We can argue what “equally distributed” really means, but I’d submit that neither talent nor opportunity are equally “available” to all people. In ...

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FourSight: Innovation when it works and when it fails

An Innov8ors Miami Keynote by Sarah Thurber Last year Innov8rs embarked on a year-long research project to better understand: who are corporate innovators? What makes them tick? What makes their efforts succeed and fail? We partnered with FourSight, creators of the FourSight Thinking Profile, to assess more than 350 innovators from around the world. We collected data from Europe, Asia, ...

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